Ocean Independence – moving forward into 2021

Despite the global upheaval in 2020, Ocean Independence quickly adapted to the changing market conditions, comfortably outperforming the overall yacht sales market and successfully handling challenges in yacht charter and management. To help continue the growth of firm business goals into 2021 and beyond, three key team member updates are taking place within the company this February. These team members are set to continue our philosophy of being an advice driven yacht brokerage business working to the highest possible standards and delivering the ultimate yachting experience.

Lukas Stratmann returns to Ocean Independence after a period of time working in the yacht sales department at Abeking and Rasmussen. This has served to greatly strengthen his knowledge as a large yacht consultant, particularly specialising in new build and refit construction. His continued high degree of success in yacht sales, supported by a solid knowledge of efficient management, financial services and marine engineering make him an outstanding all-rounder. Lukas started his career as a superyacht captain, cruising extensively across the globe. Once shore-based, he has used this experience and become renowned in the industry for his advice-driven and meticulous approach, together with respected maritime insight. Based between Düsseldorf and Palma, Lukas will take a leading role in yacht sales in the German speaking market.

Helene Delstanche takes up the role as Charter Fleet Manager, providing the primary point of contact for the busy charter management team. Having amassed a wealth of experience in charter management at a senior level at Burgess for more than a decade, Helene brings valuable business acumen, a strong network of global contacts and excellent interpersonal skills. Principally working alongside Ocean Independence Sales Director, Toby Maclaurin, Helene will be involved in contractual and ethical queries whilst further developing streamlined business procedures, offering exemplary customer service and collaborating with industry-wide yacht brokers. Having gained a reputation for integrity and professionalism, and as a prior member of the MYBA committee safeguarding competence of new members, her highly effective work ethic will be a vital asset to the team.

After a year that saw a 22% growth in yacht sales over 24m for the Ocean Independence team, Sales Manager, Claudio Arpino, will expand his role to become more management- based and broker-facing during 2021. An integral part of the Ocean Independence team since 2005, Claudio has contributed to many years of considerable company growth, principally developing and adapting a customized CRM system, uniquely tailored to fit our specific industry requirements. He has additionally supervised a wide range of yacht finance ventures and comprehensive group sales projects. With this insight and expertise, Claudio is now refining his focus in his capacity as Sales Manager to drive and develop the success of the

busy yacht sales department, enhancing their communication, direction and achievement.

Claudio will additionally look to integrate new and experienced brokers into the business to grow this continuingly developing division.

With an exceptional closing quarter for yacht sales in 2020, Ocean Independence lead the way into the coming year with a positive and optimistic approach. Continuing to achieve success and fulfillment for clients around the world, Ocean Independence are looking to welcome experienced sales and charter brokers to join the team.